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Turner Classic Movies Launches App for iPhone/iPod touch, BlackBerry, Android

--Qik Upgrades Its Recently Launched Qik VideoCamera iPhone/iPod touch App
--Report: Netflix on iPhone Later this Year
--Verizon FiOS TV Launches Remote Scheduling App for Android
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) last week announced the launch of a new mobile phone application that will initially be available for i Phone/iPod touch, BlackBerry and Android handheld devices, and that the company says will subsequently support "dozens" of additional handhelds. "The TCM mobile device application is the ultimate mobile experience for classic film fans and is an important part of our strategy to solidify TCM's position as a lifestyle brand," Dennis Adamovich, TCM's SVP...

CBS Television Stations, Fuel TV Launch Video-Enabled iPhone/iPod Touch Applications

Broadcast network, CBS , and action sports programmer, Fuel TV , both announced the availability of free, video-enabled iPhone/iPod touch applications in the Apple App Store Wednesday.

The new CBS app, which is the result of a collaboration between the broadcaster's CBS Mobile and CBS Television Stations arms, is offered in different versions for CBS-owned TV stations in 13 markets (WCBS-New York, KCBS/KCAL-Los Angeles, WBBM-Chicago, KYW-Philadelphia, WBZ-Boston, KPIX-San Francisco, KTVT-Dallas/Fort Worth, WCCO-Minneapolis/St...

Medialets Launches iPhone-Based Interactive Video Ad for Rock Band, Vampire Weekend

--Ad's Interactive Features Triggered by Tilting and Shaking the iPhone, as well as by Clicking
In a posting on its corporate blog, Wednesday, mobile advertising and analytics specialist, Medialets , announced that it has developed and launched an interactive video ad for "Contra," the latest album from the indie rock band, Vampire Weekend . The ad--which is designed both to raise awareness of the new album and to drive direct downloads from the iTunes Music Store--is currently running within the NPR News iPhone app. The ad--which, among other things, allows...

OOH Social Music TV Network Operator, Akoo, Awarded Patent for Mobile Interaction Technology

Akoo , a Chicago-based company that operates a social music television network for out-of-home environments, announced Wednesday that the US Patent and Trademark Office has awarded it a patent (#7,647,613) covering "an apparatus and method of using mobile devices to select on-demand content and socially interact with programming across networked digital video and Internet protocol (IP) television services through SMS text messaging or mobile applications."

According to Akoo, the patented technology currently...

NDS-Subsidiary, CastUP, Launches End-to-End Video Delivery Solution for Apple iPhone

CastUP , a subsidiary of interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , that specializes in IP streaming media products and CDN systems, on Tuesday announced the launch of an end-to-end video delivery solution for the Apple iPhone .

According to the company, the new solution provides the framework for high-quality video content to be delivered to the iPhone via multiple delivery mechanisms (including live broadcast and VOD), using either streaming...

Zodiac PowerUp 2.5 Enables Interaction between Cable Set-Tops and Mobile and Internet Devices

Interactive TV software developer, Zodiac Interactive (note: the company's EBIF user agent is being deployed by MSO Cablevision-- see the article published on itvt.com, November 5th ), on Monday unveiled the latest version (2.5) of its PowerUp ITV framework , a cross-platform software that the company bills as unifying and enabling advanced interactive TV applications across multiple set-tops, including legacy boxes.

According to the company, PowerUp 2.5--which it says is available as...

Sky News iPhone/iPod touch App Surpasses 1 Million Downloads

Sky New s said Monday that its iPhone/iPod touch application has been downloaded over a million times since its launch last May. The UK satellite TV operator's news arm also announced Monday that it is launching a new mobile Internet service. (Note: Last week, Sky News also announced the launch of an interactive TV widget for the Yahoo! Widget Engine-- see the article published on itvt.com, January 11th .)

The free Sky...

CBS Launches iPhone/iPod touch App, Devoted to News Anchor Katie Couric

--FLO TV, mophie Partner to Bring Live Mobile TV to iPhones
CBS 's CBS News and CBS Mobile arms announced Wednesday the launch of the " CBS News Katie Couric" iPhone/iPod touch application in the Apple App store (note: Couric is the anchor of "CBS Evening News," and arguably CBS's most high-profile news personality). According to CBS, the free app--which was developed through a partnership with mobile Web and applications platform company, July Systems--will serve as a "one-stop destination" for keeping up with all Couric's reporting...

News Round-Up I: Connected TV

--DivX Launches DivX TV: Will Be Deployed by LG Electronics
--Home Jinni Launches Social Entertainment Platform/Media Center for Android-Based HDTV's/BDP's
--LG Electronics Expands its Netcast Entertainment Access Service
--Panasonic Adds Fox Sports, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter and Skype to Viera Cast
--Samsung Launches App Store, Napster Launches TV Widget on Samsung's Internet@TV
--Sony Launches 3D-Enabled Bravia Connected TV's, Blu-ray Players
--Toshiba Launches Broadband-Connected CELL TV, Featuring 2D-to-3D Conversion and More
--Trinity Convergence Working with Skype to Embed Skype Video Calling in Connected TV's
--Vizio Launches New Connected HDTV's, Expands its Vizio Internet Apps Service
A number of pieces of connected TV news came across [itvt]'s desk, Tuesday. Here is a brief--and by no means exhaustive--round-up (note: also see " Vudu Unveils Vudu Apps OTT Service ," " ActiveVideo Networks in Deal to Provide Blockbuster with Cloud-Based User Interface ," and " Showtime Networks, Betfair Launch Interactive TV Widgets "): DivX has announced DivX TV, which it bills as a "comprehensive embedded Internet TV platform that provides access to a...

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Names David Mendels President and COO
--Clip in Touch Tapped by BMW for Personalized Mobile Video Ad Campaign
--Consumer Advocacy Groups Call for Probe of "TV Everywhere," NCTA's McSlarrow Responds
--DECE Announces "Key Milestones," Adds 21 Members
--ProVision Launches Multi-Room Wireless HDTV System
--Skype to Be Integrated into HDTV's from LG Electronics, Panasonic
--Tivit Device to Bring Mobile DTV to WiFi-Enabled Devices
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove , has named David Mendels president and COO, tasking him with driving its "global expansion strategy and operations." Mendels, who has been a member of Brightcove's board since late 2008, was most recently at Adobe where, according to Brightcove, "he was instrumental in accelerating the adoption of key platform technologies, including...

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